Guy Davies, EPSA  

Knucklestone, Rocks and Heather by Guy Davies, EPSA

September 2020 - Knucklestone, Rocks and Heather

About the Image(s)

This was taken on a very recent one-day photo workshop in the Derbyshire Peak District in England. The workshop was aimed at photographing the extensive moorland heather in the area, and here we walked out on to the open moor above the small village of Hathersage. The heather was actually just past its best, but the sun was shining and it brought out the colours well. Heather can look deep purple under cloudy conditions but the sun seems to bring out a magenta tint. I liked this bank of heather and rocks. The rock on the skyline is known as the knucklestone, and the green on the background hillside is bracken, very common on our moorlands. Hathersage is in the valley on the right and the evening sun was on the right.

Camera was my Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60 lens at 12 mm. Exposure was 1/125 at f/8 and ISO 200, and the time was 7:11 pm. Back home the image was cropped and adjusted in ON1 RAW for brightness and contrast overall, and selective adjustments made to darken the sky and the background.

5 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, beautiful and colorful landscape with an equilibrium between the inanimate rocks and very alive moorland heather and the grassland and trees in the background. Here again I not only learn about photography, but also about the english language. In this case the words knucklestone and moorland heather. Nice composition with the foreground, mid ground and background. Very sharp and nice clouds. It has all the elements of a great landscape photo.   Posted: 09/07/2020 11:27:10
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Thanks for your comments Isaac. The background is not grass. It is a moorland fern we call bracken. It grows on a long stem with the fern leaves spreading out quite flat at the top. It can reach waist height, and occasionally chest height. You can see it among the trees in the attached image, taken on the same day.   Posted: 09/11/2020 03:47:20
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I feel the same as Issac with the composition. I think the angles really add interest. It must have been a lovely day.   Posted: 09/10/2020 22:20:58

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
The rocks and Heather created a strong foreground visual anchor. My eyes stayed focused on the foreground before extending my view toward the pleasant sky and rolling hills. Good use of the Rule of Thirds as well.   Posted: 09/13/2020 23:42:10

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
Superbly composed everything flows to a point the heather in the foreground could have overpowered the shot but you have handled it superbly we are so lucky to have countryside like this to enjoy and photograph and boy have you done it justice.   Posted: 09/14/2020 16:59:13


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